10 July 2019

Response to Policing Insight article on new entry routes

The College of Policing has issued the following statement in response to a Policing Insight article regarding a potential legal challenge to new entry routes into policing:

‚ÄčDCC Bernie O'Reilly said: "The College of Policing is aware of a potential legal challenge in relation to the implementation of the new entry routes into policing.

"The training for new recruits seeks to prepare those entering the service for the complexity of the job and has been developed with colleagues from across policing.

"We continue to work with Lincolnshire Police to enable them to join the other 30 police forces across England and Wales who are introducing the new training over the next year."

Notes to editors

- Over the next year, we are expecting new training for officers joining policing will be up and running in more than 30 police forces across England and Wales.

- Officers are already undergoing the updated training in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, South Wales, Gwent, Dyfed-Powys, West Midlands, Northumbria, Avon and Somerset and Staffordshire.

- Policing has significantly changed since the last training course for new recruits was introduced 13 years ago. The job of being an officer is more complex and the demands on police are changing and increasing as criminals become more sophisticated. The new training was independently assessed as being degree standard. It includes digital policing, vulnerability, mental health, stop and search, disclosure and domestic abuse.

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